We have all been hurt by love, at least by what was called love. So when we hear, “God loves you and wants to be joined with you in a love relationship” (see previous post – Taproot – Part 1), we may put our guard up. But God’s love is nothing like the human distortions of love.
For example: When humans say “I love you,” most of the time they mean, “I want you.” But God’s love is not selfish, it is otherish, youish (my spellchecker has just melted down…). God’s love, His desire to be close with us, is motivated by what would be most beneficial for us. If you are thinking that’s like giving us cod liver oil, think, “… what would be most wonderful for us.”
Compare the consequences of the separation from God, told in Genesis with the consequences of reconciliation, portrayed in Revelation.
To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken;
for dust you are and to dust you will return.” – (Genesis 3:16-19)
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” – (Revelation 21:4)
By inviting us to be united with Him in love, God desires to restore everything to the way He intended, for our blessing. There is no need for us to guard ourselves from God’s love. We will never be hurt by it, only blessed.